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Volumes of cotton

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Lynn Landreneau is pictured here as she stands in Lucas Pitre’s cotton farm located on the Whiteville Road. She is holding her two books that she wrote about the Louisiana Cotton Festival. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

There is an old saying that cotton is the fabric of our lives. This is none truer than for Ville Platte resident Lynn Landreneau, who has compiled the rich history of the Louisiana Cotton Festival into two volumes of work.

A dream come true

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Queen Cotton LXIII Haley Jett

Sixty-three young ladies have worn the title of Queen Cotton during the time of the Louisiana Cotton Festival. For the latest of which, the title is a dream come true.

Paint the church pink

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Joyce Latigue (left) poses for a picture with cancer survivor Daniel Cassimer (right) while Sisters on the Go spent an afternoon decorating the church for its upcoming Pink Sunday Service for breast cancer awareness. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

For Joyce Latigue, finding out her 22-year-old daughter had breast cancer completely changed her life. The diagnosis is one that has now also changed the life of other locals who have suffered from cancer and those still suffering today.

EPPJ hears from chamber about the need for more industry in the parish

Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce and Evangeline Parish Tourism’s Executive Director Camille Fontenot took the podium Monday night at the monthly meeting of the Evangeline Parish Police Jury as other members of the Chamber lined the pews of the meeting room.

A real New Orleans Saint

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These five members of the Sisters of the Holy Family have all served Ville Platte at one point since the 1960s. They are (l. to r.) Sr. Clara Mae Jackson, Sr. Rita Darensbourg (currently serving), Sr. Edna Mae Jones, Sr. Agnes Marie Sampia, and Sr. Lucille Stelly (currently serving). (Gazette photo by Nicholas Jagneaux)

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Hwy. 13 showdown

In terms of rivalries, Mamou and Pine Prairie have only been at it for as long as the Panthers have fielded a football team. Despite that, the two schools have brought that rivalry to high, albeit friendly, level over the past 10 years.


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Three Evangeline parish football teams have worked their way into the post-season and will begin their quest for the State Championship this coming Friday night, as the LHSAA reveled the 2017 playo


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Judy Stewart is pictured here with her family in front of a wall inside The Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development on the campus of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La., that bears the names of the alumni who were named to the Hall of Distinguished Educators. She along with other alumni were inducted on October 21. Pictured here in the back is Bart Stewart, Jr., and from left to right in the front are Bart Stewart, Sr., Candace Frazier, Judy Stewart, and Jeff Stewart. (Photo courtesy of Candace Frazier)

The Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development on the campus of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La., has recognized alumni who have shown outstanding professional achievemen


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Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Lanell Rushing was held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, October 30, 2017 in the Pine Prairie Christian Tabernacle. Reverends Barry Gautreaux, Johnny Wilkinson and Chris Juneau officiatied.

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